Our western coastal suburbs are seeing first hand the effects of climate change coupled with urban development. Many of the homes and businesses in these low-lying areas have been inundated or threatened during storm water events and high tides:
- Advertiser May 10th 2016 – Wild wind, rain cause flooding and damage across Adelaide
- ABC News 9th May 2016 – Wild weather lashes South Australia; flooding roads, bringing down trees and cancelling ferries
The State Government has now made planning changes to allow high-rise development of up to 12-storeys along the foreshore at Glenelg.
Meanwhile, Western Adelaide councils are working to identify the risks associated with climate change, and to develop a plan to assist communities and government in adapting. Read more about the Adapt West project by the Cities of West Torrens, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt:
- City of West Torrens – Adapt West
- Western Adelaide Coastal Residents’ Association – environmental issues
Planning for urban growth in these areas needs to be mindful of climate change and to be done very carefully.